Robert Florey (14 September 1900, Paris – 16 May 1979, Santa Monica, California) was a French screenwriter, director of short films, and actor who moved to Hollywood in 1921. In 1950, Florey was made a knight in the French Légion d’honneur.
Florey worked as assistant director to Josef von Sternberg and others before making his feature directing debut in 1926. He directed more than 50 movies over the next 23 years, from the first Marx Brothers movie The Cocoanuts (1929), to the Bette Davis melodrama Ex-Lady, to horror movies such as Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) starring Bela Lugosi, the spy film Man from Frisco (1944), the skillful film noir The Crooked Way (1949), and the first Hollywood film about the First Indochina war, Rogues’ Regiment (1948) with Dick Powell and Vincent Price .
Florey made a significant but uncredited contribution to the script of the classic 1931 film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Florey was also originally slated to direct… read more
The Marx Brothers first film is a slightly unbalanced one with not nearly enough of their antics and setups that would come much later. There are some genuinely funny moments but for the most part the film is trapped in useless plot points, side characters and irritating musical numbers. Its as if Hollywood had no idea what to do with them, and with good reason.